As a pet owner you are legally obliged to provide a suitable environment, a healthy diet, your pet to be house and to be provided with protection from pain and suffering and injury and diseases. These are the five freedoms or welfare of an animal. The lack of these provisions can cause serious repercussions. Not only are you subjecting the animal to both physical and mental stress, which might cause sickness, you are also then subject to face legal prosecution. Penalties for failing to meet standards can cause 6 months of jail time and a fine of up to 20,000 pounds and a lifetime ban on having pets according to Animal Welfare Act 2006.
Places like Wales have banned the usage of dog collars that can be used to electric shock a pet, including bark collars or remote control operated collars to discipline dogs. This was enacted in the 2010 regulations. Tail docking was also banned in 2007 and was only allowed if the puppy was less than five days old or destined to become a working dog or for medical reasons, limited to certain breeds and types only, under the Docking of Working Dogs Tails regulations. Animal Cruelty is seen as a criminal offense with the government looking to increase punishment from 6 months up to 5 years in prison based on the gravity of offense.
Dog owners can also be prosecuted for allowing your dog to be dangerously out of control. This means that you are responsible for any damage your dog causes to someone who has a legal right to be within your surroundings. This holds true even in the case of someone feeling threatened by your dog. Agencies also have a right to take your dog away if locals complain about the dog barking too much. If not solved, they can take it away. This happens usually if the dog has been left unattended or hungry for too long.
In a public place, your dogs require two identifications. Your dog must be micro-chipped with the owner’s details and must be wearing a collar and a tag with the address and name of the owner on it. If caught not doing one of these things, a fine of up to 500 pounds. It is important to have these things in case you lose your dog and it is found by strangers or by local authorities to grant safe return.